I found this old post I did a while back and thought I would delve a bit deeper into this. The following image is from Elliot Eisner and his model of Connoisseurs and Critics in an educational environment.
I love the message that this simple circle is suggesting. It is saying that it is not just a fun way to work, but an integral part of how human beings adapt to and make sense of the world. Art is important. Not just to develop empathy and feeling, but for cognition. It helps us grow more intelligent.
Part of my philosophy to the classroom is this; every student who comes into my room is an artist and how can I help them be better artists? However, I am not just taking about the Arts with a capital A, I am talking about the art of science, the art of geography, the art of math, etc. These all have an artistic side to them. Is the type of thinking that a scientist does less creative than the type of thinking a painter does? How about a mathematician versus a film maker? Or a philosopher and a doctor? They all need that creative burst of cognitive power that the Arts are so good at helping to develop.
It is not about the Art. It is about the thinking that goes into the Art.
Download the PDF Arts in the Classroom, or watch the Slideshow below.